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Publication numberUS1731028 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 8, 1929
Filing dateApr 23, 1928
Priority dateApr 23, 1928
Publication numberUS 1731028 A, US 1731028A, US-A-1731028, US1731028 A, US1731028A
InventorsSoss Peter H
Original AssigneeDarrel B Mcreynolds, Homer Caton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Gate attachment
US 1731028 A
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Oct. 8, 1929. P. H. soss 1,731,028

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Patented Oct. 8, 1929 Unirse strates PETER H. SOSS, OI STANFORD, ILLNOLFS,



This invention relates to improvements in gates and more particularly to an attachment to a farm gate.

Vire fencing is largely employed on farms with the wires supported on wooden or concrete posts and it is customary wherever a gate is necessary to hang or mount a swinging gate on the same character of post as used in the fence. Such gates are usually ten feet or more in length and the weight of such a gate hanging on the post causes the post to incline or lean in the direction of the opening resulting in the free end of the gate sagging and engaging the ground making it diflicult to open and close the gate freely. To overcome this, gates with flexible frames have been employed with means for lifting the f ree end as the top of the post inclines which necessitates a particular and more expensive gate construction.

It is an object of this invention to provide an attachment which can be applied to ordinary rigid frame gates, either in the course of manufacture or after having been placed in use, to be substituted for the customary hinge member upon the gate and be engaged with the customary gate post hinge member in the usual manner. The advantages of such an attachment are obvious, it adds but little to the cost of a new rigid frame gate, can be applied to any ordinary gate after having been placed in use and can be adiusted from time to time, as needed, with but little trouble and requires no special tools to maintain the free swinging of the gate clear of the ground.

Vhile the preferred forms of this invention are illustrated upon the accompanying sheet of drawing, yet it is to be understood that minor detail changes may be made without departing from the scope thereof.

In the drawings f Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a farm fence gate illustrating an embodiment of this invention.

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary detail view in horizontal section taken on the line 2 2 in Figure l.

Figure 3 is a similar view illustrating the same attachment applied to a different type 1928. Serial No. 272,647.

Figure 4 is a fragmentary view, similar to Figure 1, of another embodiment of this invention.

Figure 5 is a similar view of the modification shown in Figure 3. n

Figure 6 is a view similar to Figure 2, illustra-ting another modification of this improved attachment. f

The embodiment of this invention illustrated in Figure l of the drawings shows the usual rigid frame type of gate mounted to swing on gate post l to open and close the opening between that post and a post2. Gates of this type are usually provided with vertical braces 3 at each end with oneor more intermediate braces 4 secured on opposite sides of kthe horizontal boards 5 which form a gate with a body suiiiciently rigid to retain its original shape. v y, y y

To prevent the lower edge ofthe free end of the gate from engaging the ground, as is often the case when the weight ofthe gate causes the gate post upon which it is mounted to incline in that direction so that it becomes iiecessai'yto bodily lift the gate 'to be able t0 swing it, an adjustable spring attachment is mounted upon the gate to do the lifting. In the form shown in Figure l, the gate post l is provided with the customary hinge members (5 having upwardly extending pinties 7 and the gate is provided at the top with the customary hinge member 8 having an eye eX- tending beyond the end of the gate adapted y to engage over and swing upon the gate post hinge member, as shown. In lieu of the lower gate hinge member a horizontal rod 9 is provided having an eyeat one end similar to that of the gate hinge memberiadapted to rengage over the lower gate post hinge member and is mounted to slide transversely between the boards 5 and oppositely disposed end and next intermediate vertical braces 3 and 4, respectively, as shown in Figure 2. To create a lift upon the lower edge of the `free end 0f the gate er create a push upon the lower gate post hinge to carry the lower free end of the gate clear of the ground a coil compression spring 11 is mounted about the rod 9 between the intermediate brace 4 and an adjustable collar l2 also mounted on the rod 9, and pro- Cil ' means at one end to engage vided with a set screw 13. TWhen the gate is originally hung on the gate post the collar 12 is positioned upon the rod 9 to create sullicient tension in the spring 11 to hold the lower 'free end of the gate well above the surface ot the ground. A catch 1l is provided on post 2 so arranged that when the gate is closed, it may be depressed and the top ot one of the boards 5 engaged under the catch and the tension ot the spring 11 will hold the gate in engagement with the catch. lTJhen the gate post inclines allowing the gate to sagthe tension ot the spring 11 is easily and readily increased by loosening the set screw and moving the collar nearer the intermediatebrace Ll.

rEhe same result is accomplished in Figure l with the attachment mounted in lieu of the upper gate hinge member in which the tension spring 11 is mounted between the boards 5, the end braces 3 and adjustable collar 12, so that the lift is created by pushing the upper portion ot the end braces nearer the gate post hinge member. is shown in Figures 3 and 5, when it is desired to secure this improved a tachment to a wire gate having a metal trame, such as metal pipes 15, clamps 16 mounting bearings 17, through which the rod 9 is adapted to slide, are secured to the trame 15, as shown. ln this form the parts are all the same and the operation is the same as above descr'bed. lt' it is desired to rigidly support the free end of the gate clear ot' the ground, the spring 11 may be omitted, as shown in Figure 6.

From the above description it is readily seen that the attachment contemplated by this invention may be readily placed upon a gate during the course of manufacture or upon any gate now in use. rlhe set screw 13 may have a lrnurled head for manual operation, may be provided with a square head to be engaged by a wrench, or be provided with a slot to be engaged by a screw driver. Care should be taken to place the usual post hinge member 6 so that its pintle is a sufficient distance from the vertical center line ot the post to maint-ain that end ol" the iron trame 15 vertical, when using the orm shown in Fi@- ure 5, in which form the bearings 17 are heid by the clamps 16 at one side ot the gate body.

lV hat I claim is 1. An attachment tor gates to litt the lower swinging end clear, comprising a rod having means at one end to engage a gate post hinge member, a plurality or bearings upon the rod adapted to be secured to the gate body, an adjustable collar upon the rod between the bearings, and a compression coil spring upon the rod between one bearing and the collar, whereby adjusting movement of the collar towards the spring acts to adjust the relation of the gate body to the gate post.

2. An attachment for gates to litt the lower swinging end clear, comprising a rod having a gate post hinge member, bearings tor said rod adapted to be secured to the gate body, an adjustable means upon the rod, and a spring adapted to engage said means and the gate body, whereby adjusting said means acts to ad 'ust the relation of the gate body to the gate post.

3. An attachment for gates to lift the lower swinging end clear, comprising a rod having means at one end to engage a gate post hinge member, bearings for said rod adapted to be secured to the gate body, a spring adapted to engage said rod and the gate body, and means to adjust said spring to adjust the relation of the gate body to the gate post.

ln witness whereof l have signed my name to the foregoing specification.


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U.S. Classification49/191, 16/235, 49/396
International ClassificationE06B11/00, E06B11/04
Cooperative ClassificationE06B11/04
European ClassificationE06B11/04